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Wendy Hoy has honours degrees in Medicine and Surgery and Immunology (BMedSci) from the University of Sydney, and trained in internal medicine, haematology and nephrology in the USA. For the last six years she has been Professor of Medicine and Director of the Centre for Chronic Disease at the University of Queensland.
Her work on high-risk populations in the USA and Australia has helped promote expansion of nephrology's focus beyond ESRD to early markers of risk and disease, and their conceptual integration with other chronic diseases.
Professor Hoy's research addresses the epidemiology of renal disease, hypertension, type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, including intrauterine and early life events, and promotes multideterminant concepts of disease causation. It also addresses structural, ultrastructural and molecular markers of disease and disease susceptibility. It promotes primary and secondary prevention, outcomes research and cost-effectiveness evaluations. She has modeled the success of systematic approaches to secondary prevention in Aboriginal groups, and advocates for a needs-based system of health care delivery. Current projects include a new trial on primary pharmacologic prevention.
In 2006 she received the Brenner Award from the American Society of Nephrology for research on mechanisms of renal disease and hypertension. In 2007 she received the NHMRC's Australia Fellowship Award to promote research on chronic disease in high-risk populations, and in 2008 she was awarded the International Distinguished Medal from the National Kidney Foundation in the USA for helping change the paradigm of renal and related chronic diseases research and promoting programs of early detection and prevention.